Library Services


COVID-19: UCL Library Services

Library service information relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Update: 16 September 2020

Building reopenings

The Science Library, Main Library and Institute of Education Library are open for UCL students and staff. Please check individual Opening Hours. Books can be requested from these and some other sites via our Click and Collect service. If you wish to use a study space this will need to be booked before visiting each library - please see our Bookable Study Spaces Help webpage for further details.

The Student Centre is open from 09:00 - 21:00, Monday - Sunday. 

All other UCL libraries are closed until further notice. Please note that we are not accepting any new library membership applications at this time. We will continue to offer online support during our staffed hours of operation.

Library Chat Service

We are now running a Library Chat Service during the afternoons from Monday - Friday. If you would like to chat to a member of Library Staff during these times please visit our Library Help webpage and fill in the box under 'Contact Us' to begin your chat.

Click and Collect Service

A Click and Collect Service is available for books held at the Main Library, Science Library, Language and Speech Science Library, Institute of Education Library and Institute of Archaeology Library. Books can be requested via Explore and further information can be found on our Click and Collect webpage.

Electronic resources

To access electronic books, articles and databases, please always use Explore. Some electronic resources can only be accessed through this route. Where a UCL login is required, this will be presented when you follow the link from Explore. For more help, visit the E-resources help page.

Library support for learning, teaching and research during COVID-19

Please see our Library essentials for information on accessing electronic books, articles and databases, Library skills training, ReadingLists @UCL and research support.

Returning books

If you cannot return books at the end of your course please do so when you can, you will not be penalised for late return. Books can be returned in person 24 hours a day to the Front Gate Lodge in Gower Street (opposite the Cruciform Building) or by post to our address listed on our contact page. All fines will be waived.

Laptop loans

As library sites begin to open, most laptop loan lockers will be available for use by students. Please note that you will need to book a study space before visiting the library. Full details of the service are on laptop loans web page.

NHS Support

Please see information about support for staff of our partner NHS Trusts including your access to electronic resources, OpenAthens and specialist enquiry services.

Contacting us and more information